Many years ago I read a book entitled “Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot” by Max Lucado. I didn’t know it at the time I read it, but there were big changes coming down the pike in my life!!! Fast forward to today and I’ve found that – somewhat unknowingly – have I put into practice what I learned in the book.
Lucado offers “the big idea” at the beginning of the book when he writes:
“Use your uniqueness (what you do)
to make a big deal out of God (why you do it)
every day of your life (where you do it).
At the convergence of all three, you’ll find the cure for the common life: your sweet spot.”
He illustrates “the big idea” with this diagram:
So why am I writing about this? Because today I received the gift of one of those rare glimpses of what it means to live in your sweet spot! I love teaching cooking classes and I enjoy every class I teach, but today was different from many of the other classes in that it really felt like everything came together at just the right time, in just the right way, with just the right people.
Does that mean that today was perfect? Nope! There is no such thing as a perfect day. But it came pretty close and even those minor glitches in the day caused me no alarm or unease.
So how do you find your sweet spot? Well, Lucado suggests studying your S.T.O.R.Y. And, based on my experiences over the last many years, I happen to agree. So what does S.T.O.R.Y. stand for?
- What are your STRENGTHS? In my case, I believe my strength is in teaching – being able to take a concept and explain (either verbally or in writing (which also made me a pretty good technical writer)) it in a way that is understandable to people. Although there will be a few of you out there who share teaching as a strength, I suspect for most of you your strength will be something else.
- What is your TOPIC? My topic is food. I enjoy working with it, eating it, experimenting with it, etc. Again, your topic will likely be different.
- What are your OPTIMAL CONDITIONS? For each of us, this will be different – some will like a more structured, predictable situation and others a more loose, variable situation. I like the variety of coming up with different food combinations and playing with my food!
- What about RELATIONSHIPS? Do you function best alone or surrounded by other people? Do you work best as part of a team or as an individual contributor. I love the interplay between me and my students and I greatly appreciate the support of the team of people it takes to deliver a great class. It is never simply about the instructor!
- What makes you say, “YES!” It is when your strengths, topic, optimal conditions and relationships intersect that you find your YES!
Today, I was given the gift of my YES! So here’s a shout out to all the people who came to the class and worked the class. Without you I doubt my Yes! would have been possible!!!!!
P.S. The menu for today included:
- Creamy Bacon Pasta with Coffee Rubbed Scallops
- Caramelized Onion & Butternut Squash Soup w/ Chipotle Coffee Cream
- Fennel & Prosciutto Salad with Honey -Coffee Vinaigrette
- Coffee Crusted Filet of Beef
- Braised Cabbage with Coffee, Molasses & Bacon
- Cappuccino Cheesecake
The following is a snap of the soup – it looked too pretty not to photograph!!!!